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Can You Get Rid of Cellulite?

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Cellulite can be a woman's worst enemy. Is there any way to get rid of those unsightly bumps and lumps?
Air Date: 6/4/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Esther Blum, RD
esther blum copyEsther Blum is a Registered Dietitian, Holistic Nutritionist, and bestselling author.

She is currently finishing her fourth book, Cavewomen Don't Get Fat (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Prior to this, Esther authored Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist's Guide to Living Well While Living It Up, Secrets of Gorgeous, and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project.

Widely respected as an industry expert, Esther was featured in the 2011-2012 edition of Sutton Who's Who in Healthcare.

Esther was also voted "Best Nutritionist" by Manhattan Magazine. She has appeared on the Today Show, the ISAAC show, ABC-TV, FOX- 5's Good Day NY, Fox News Live, CW11 morning news, Martha Stewart Radio, Lime Radio, and Bloomberg Radio. A self-titled Food Fashionista, Esther is an in-demand authority frequently quoted in InTouch, Time Magazine, the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, In Style, iVillage, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Delicious Living, Time Out New York, Women's Health, Body and Soul, Clean Eating, and Health.

Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition.

Esther is credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian-nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), a license of the American College of Nutrition (ACN)'s certifying arm, the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS).

She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association.
  • Book Title: Cave Woman Dont Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet For Rapid Results
Can You Get Rid of Cellulite?
What's the deal with cellulite? Why are women plagued with those lumps and bumps more than men?

In women, fibrous bands of connective tissue run vertically between the muscle and the skin, creating little jailhouses of fat cells locked inside. In men (and a few very lucky women), the connective tissue runs cross-wise, so the fat distribution is more even.

In those not so lucky, as fat cells grow, the skin on top puckers and dimples.

So, the idea that you can get rid of cellulite becomes about getting rid of fat.

In women, the formation of collagen fibers sets the stage for the buildup of fat between those fibers, which is what causes the dimpling. Whether you are thin or overweight, the issue is about collagen fibers. What can you do to fight cellulite?

Esther Blum, RD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss what cellulite is, why every woman is prone to having it and ways that you can get rid of it.

What you can do to eliminate cellulite:
  • Build muscle: The firmer you can make your muscle, the firmer your collagen fibers will be thus reducing the dimpling on the skin's surface.
  • Reduce body fat to reduce dimpling: When you gain weight, your body produces more fat cells. You can never lose the amount of cells stored in your body, but you can reduce the size of those cells. Building muscle while burning fat reduces the size of the fat cells and will reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Avoid salty processed foods: Paleo-style foods are naturally high in potassium and low in sodium, keeping your bloating to a minimum.
  • Limit starchy foods: One cup of white rice (37 grams of carbs, less than one gram of fiber) will have different metabolic consequences on your body than one cup of raspberries (15 grams of carbs, plus 8 grams of fiber). Bonus note: berries and vitamin C-rich foods will help tighten up cellulite.
  • Follow the right exercise and diet prescription: The best protocol for reducing cellulite is the exact same protocol for those women who are pear-shaped and store fat in their lower body. Take a lower-insulin approach with a lower carb diet. And make sure you're working those squats, lunges, and lower body exercises so you can tighten up the underlying musculature in your thighs and shorten those collagen fibers. If you love to jog or run, lower body weight training will be even more imperative to counteract all the pulling and flopping around when you're on the move.